Total lunar eclipse captured by SMART-1 • Earth.com

Last update: August 25th, 2019 at 2:00 pm

Today’s Image of the Day from the European Space Agency features photographs of the Earth and the Moon during a total lunar eclipse.

The ESA’s first mission to the Moon, SMART-1, captured this series of images in visible light on October 28, 2004.

The totality phase of the eclipse, which occurs when the Moon is completely hidden by Earth’s shadow, lasted about an hour.

SMART-1 was launched in September of 2003, and orbited the Moon from 2004 until 2006. The mission produced thousands of images and studied key chemical elements within the lunar surface.

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By Chrissy Sexton, Earth.com Staff Writer

Image Credit: European Space Agency

 

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